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2012年03月28日  来源:VOANEWS.COM  作者:Voice of America

内容提要:Kindle是一种电子图书阅读器,亚马逊网站已经在美国开展了一项基于Kindle的图书馆借书服务。现在,用户可以从当地的公共图书馆借阅基于Kindle的电子图书。请尽量使用迅雷下载,以达到更好的下载速度。

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E-Book Lending at Libraries

by Voice of America's Learning English Service 

Kindle is an e-book reader. Amazon.com has launched a Kindle library-lending service in the United States. Millions of users can now borrow Kindle books from their local public library.

Experts say this is likely to reopen a debate between publishers and libraries over e-book lending.

Bill Rosenblatt is president of Giant Steps Media Technology Strategies, a consulting company.

“Publishers and libraries are enemies that occur in nature like snakes and mongese [mongooses]. Libraries would like to be able to make books available to everyone, all the time, with no limitations. And publishers, of course, would like to sell more books to the public.”

Mr. Rosenblatt says the debate in the United States centers on the law of first sale. This means that once you buy a media product such as a book or a CD or a DVD, you can do whatever you want with it. You can read it, you can resell it, or you can even destroy it!

This law allows libraries to lend books over and over again without having to pay publishers each time. But Bill Rosenblatt points out that this law does not include digital products. Technology can make e-books unreadable when they reach a certain time or user limit.

He says the debate over e-book lending will likely end up in court.

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